Articles Tagged with ''engineering trends''

TOMORROW'S ENVIRONMENT

More On First-Time Managers

Showing the group the big picture and tailoring skill sets to the workload can pay off.
With this year coming to an end and a new business year starting next month, this is a good time for a first-time manager to stop and take one last look at her first year business plan and assess how things went relative to the company’s goals; the employees within the group’s goals; and the group’s sales, revenue, and operating budget.
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EDITOR'S NOTE

Checklists & Pre-Show Planning

Use the Expo’s free sessions to enlighten (and pace) yourself in January.
Almost every month, something worthwhile comes in right as I’m writing this page.
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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Action Lists: Keeping Them Under Control, Part 3

Don’t let this trio of developments throw you off your game.
I will close out 2014 with this final column about how to avoid excessively long commissioning action lists (CALs).
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BUILDING AUTOMATION

Pressure-Independent Control Valves

PICV technology has its benefits, but is it worth it?
On several recent projects, we have had control contractors who have promoted the use of pressure-independent control valves (PICV).
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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Action Lists: Keeping Them Under Control, Part 2

Some coordinated drudgery up front will prevent unwanted drama on the back end.
This month’s column is a continuation of my September and October columns regarding excessively long commissioning action lists (CALs). I will continue exploring the multiple reasons why the CAL might get out of hand, who might be responsible, and what the commissioning professional might do about it.
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Infectious Microorganisms Do Not Care About Your Existing Policies

Personnel, common practices, and pathogen behavior all complicate the battle against hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). An overly narrow definition of “airborne” and a habit of confusing comfort with safety may be making things worse, too. Understand the enemy — why less may be more when it comes to room changes, and more may be more regarding relative humidity — to get beyond “business as usual” and knock down the risk to patients.
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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

Advice For First-Time Managers

Draw your map, and help others draw theirs.
Several years ago, I wrote book titled Managing People In The HVAC/R Industry, and in it, I dedicated a chapter to those who take on the challenge of being a first-time manager.
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Improve Pump Operations with VFD Network Multiplexing

From setting up node addresses to the nuances of lead and lag pump operation, explore the opportunities for tailored, more efficient performance and increased redundancy.
Single VFDs are often integrated into new and existing applications due to the huge amount of energy savings and programming benefits.
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COMMISSIONING

Commissioning Action Lists: Keeping Them Under Control, Part 1

Schedules can get out of control for several reasons. What’s to be done to prevent or minimize the fallout?
Last month, this column introduced the concept of an “excessively long” commissioning action list (CAL).
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TOMORROW’S ENVIRONMENT

Dress For Success

What you wear says a lot about who you are.
Back in 1975, John T. Molloy wrote a book titled Dress for Success.
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